Scenes From Last Night's Failure Show at the House of Blues.
It seems as if the stars aligned for '90s rock favorites Failure last night as the band played to a packed House of Blues in Dallas, laying down two solid sets that dug deep into its catalog.
There was an undeniable feeling in the room: This performance was going to be something unique — and, just perhaps, a once-in-a-lifetime event.
In many ways, Failure's trajectory feels like that of comet — one that first came into view in the night sky in 1992. The band left behind a trail of three records, countless collaborations and numerous side projects — each of which seemed to have been instrumental in inspiring a breed of musicians looking for perfect melodies and heavy sonic landscapes over pop structures.
But that comet disappeared in 1997 when the band broke up — and it wasn't to be seen for another 17 years. But the comeback came with good reason: Former bandmates Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards and Kellii Scott had watched on from the sidelines as their music grew and achieved cult status; it was about damn time they finally joined back up for a headlining tour in which they could finally revel in their spotlight.
And last night, the band certainly did that.
“Should we keep going?” Andrews asked his Dallas crowd before breaking into “Bernie” from his band's 1994 Magnified album, as if audience's cheers left any doubt. “You gotta keep us informed of your desires. We are you humble servants this evening.”
Also not in doubt? That Failure, even after so much time out of sight, remains in top form — something that the below clip from of the group performing “The Nurse Who Loved Me” from its 1996 masterpiece, Fantastic Planet, surely proves.
In all, it was a great night.
And it was a reminder that comets don't really die — they just fade from our vision from time to time, only to come back stronger, reminding us of their allure.